As winter draws to a close here in northeast Oregon, I enjoyed an opportunity at our local ski area in the Elkhorn Mountains to enjoy some snow scenes. The evening before, La Grande had been blessed with a most incredible sunset. These scenes are a reminder of the intense beauty that surrounds us if we are able to make time to see.
As I look at the secular law of contracts, and compare it to God’s gift of covenant, I am astounded at the difference. If we entered a contract, and one party breaks it, the contract ends. Penalties are imposed and the parties go their separate ways, unhealed and unforgiven. God’s covenant with us is from God alone to us; we do not, did not, choose to enter into it. God made the decision to enter into this partnership with us, His creation, His people. We still must face His justice if we break the covenant, but God does not revoke it and walk away. His unconditional love, His forgiveness and grace remain ever present for us when we repent and turn back to Him. As Paul writes in Romans 8:39. “nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
On Tuesday,my cardiologist cleared me for travel. Meg and I are leaving this afternoon (Friday) to drive back to New Hampshire to visit Michael and Sara. In addition, I will be the featured artist at the Great Falls Discovery Center in western Mass for the month of October. My New England fall pictures were discovered on my web site in January, 2010, and this US Fish and Wildlife Refuge facility asked me to show them. We are taking the northern tier through Montana, North Dakota, northern Michigan and Canada to Niagara Falls, upstate New York, visiting friends along the way.
Certainly the world is not the world of a decade ago, nor even further back to the early days when Meg and I began to learn about ourselves, our similarities, strengths, weaknesses after our marriage on September 2, 1967. We really did not know God then; we believed he was “up there,” someplace, but we were strong on our own, not needing a relationship beyond what we were learning to share between us.